Pimpkillah: Feminist Comic Hero Is Not Your Girl Next Door

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When one is looking for nuanced, relatable female characters, the comic book world can be a difficult one to traverse. Women are often props for male protagonists, prizes that need to rescued, adored or ogled. Even when they do get to be the main characters who vanquish villains, they are reduced to “fighting fuck toys,” […]

The Top 5 Most Feminist Oscars Moments

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While we’re not quite ready to call last night the #FeministOscars—there were some majorly ugh-worthy moments (hey, Sean Penn)—there was certainly lots to cheer for. Join us on a journey through the Oscars most feminist moments: 1. The #AskHerMore campaign ruled the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon got on board with the #AskHerMore campaign before the […]

Inside Wonder Woman’s Secret History

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Since her creation more than 70 years ago, Wonder Woman has been a feminist icon. The Amazon warrior princess first appeared on comic book stands in 1942 and fought for love, justice, truth, beauty and, of course, women’s rights, using her famed Lasso of Truth to wrangle villains. Solidifying her place in feminist history decades […]

Seeing Myself in Fresh Off the Boat

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When I watch ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat, I see my mom. I see her packing three lunches, feet shuffling in house slippers, wearing an oversized T-shirt from a summer trip to Waikiki, lovingly instructing her two xiao bao beis to eat their xi fan for breakfast and not-so-lovingly screaming for her third offspring to wake up. I […]

Downton Gabby’s Bawdy Feminist Commentary

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Fans of Downton Abbey will know the forlorn feeling I’m talking about: It’s when a cliff-hanging final scene ends and you are left with the sad realization (and a mysterious craving for PBS advertisers’ Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren floor-length yellow skirts) that you have to wait an entire week to bask in the […]

Kerry Washington’s “Professional” Hair

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Scandal has been lauded, and rightfully so, for its decision to give us a rare look at  Kerry Washington’s natural curls in its fourth season premiere last September. But little has been said regarding the brevity, content or meaning behind the hit television show’s portrayal of Washington’s hair. So let’s lay it out. September’s season premiere […]

Up For Debate: Newsweek’s Silicon Valley Cover

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Is the Newsweek cover above sexist? Depends on who you’re talking to. When the cover, depicting a cursor lifting up a faceless woman’s skirt, leaked ahead of its accompanying feature story on sexism in Silicon Valley, Twitter lit up with condemnation. Many felt it too closely mirrored what it was trying to critique: Some women […]

Can a Rape Joke Ever Be Funny?

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In an ideal world, eliminating the material to even be able to make rape jokes—i.e. ending rape—would be the best solution to our culture’s rape-joke problem. But as Ilana Glazer’s character on Broad City quipped during the show’s recent season two premiere, “we live in rape culture…we just do.” The episode, which has garnered both critical backlash and enthused […]

Facepalm: Top 10 Anti-Feminist Gaffes of 2014

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Get ready to facepalm, people! In no particular order, here are the top anti-feminist gaffes of 2014: “It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. And that I think might be one of the additional superpowers […]

6 Apps Every Feminist Needs

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As of July 2014, there were 1.3 million apps available on Google Play and 1.2 million on iTunes, so we get that it may feel impossible to sift through it all to find the gems that can make your life easier and more feminist. Well, here at Ms., we’ve waded through the depths to find some nifty apps […]